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Chapel-en-le-Frith, England (1979 – 1983)

There were 2 Punk bands called The Violators one from England who recorded 2 great 7”s for No Future records in the early 80’s and one from New Jersey who released the classic NY Ripper / My Country 7” in 1980.

Violators were a punk rock band formed in Chapel-en-le-Frith, England in 1979 by vocalist Shaun ‘Cess’ Stiles and bassist John ‘Matchi’ Marchington (both formerly of The Dismal Sports). The band’s line-up later added Helen Hill on vocals, Mark Coley on guitar, and Anthony ‘Ajax’ Hall on drums, as they were soon signed to Worcestershire label, No Future.

The band managed to create a fist-full of punk classics in their short career. Their first releases “Die with Dignity” and “Government Stinks” introduced their unique brand of punk to Britain’s excluded youth.

April 17, 1982, saw the release of their first 7” single, “Gangland” – a six minute long punk anthem – made Violators stand out for challenging the conventional face of punk. It’s pounding drum and bass rhythms, uncompromising powerchord guitar riff, and Cess’ dark subterranean vocals caught the mainstream music press unaware, yet a concensus agreed that the band had real protential. Gary Bushell described their sound as “street-level Joy Division”, and it don’t get much better than that, does it? At the heart of the single’s b-side, “The Fugitive”, lies pycho killer lyrics and viciously sung female vocals.

With the release of the band’s critically acclaimed and hugely popular second 7” single on December 4, 1982, “Summer of ‘81”/”Live Fast - Die Young”, Violators looked set for great things. Sadly, however, it turned out to be their last studio session with the original line-up.


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